identification

OT-Morpho’s License2Go Leverages Biometric Verification

OT-Morpho’s License2Go Leverages Biometric Verification

“The License2Go system is designed to leverage the user’s smartphone camera for facial recognition, allowing for online verification applications.” A new smartphone app is designed to digitize identification documents like driver licenses. Called License2Go, the app is designed by OT-Morpho. It works in conjunction with another app designed for ID verification, allowing authorities to wirelessly check…

Blippar Expands Live Facial Recognition Beyond Celebrities

Blippar Expands Live Facial Recognition Beyond Celebrities

Blippar users can now sign on for live facial recognition through their smartphones using the company’s eponymous app. The feature, called Halos, was first announced toward the end of 2016, when Blippar enabled a facial recognition feature on its AR app that was restricted to public figures, who users could identify with their smartphone cameras.…

Seeing AI App Helps Blind Users Recognize Faces

Seeing AI App Helps Blind Users Recognize Faces

A new app that describes what an iPhone’s camera can see could prove useful to blind and visually impaired users. Called Seeing AI, the app uses computer vision to provide descriptive aid to users. It can read documents and scan barcodes, beeping at an increasing rate to let users know when their camera is getting…

US Military Base to Require Biometric IDs for Vendors, Contractors

US Military Base to Require Biometric IDs for Vendors, Contractors

“From mid-August, all vendors and contractors operating on the base will need to use the new cards, which will be issued for free to approved applicants.” Joint Region Marianas, the US military authority that runs the Guam Navy and Air Force base, is moving toward a new biometric access control system, reports Pacific Daily News.…

Hitachi’s New System Identifies Based on Face, Attire, Age, Sex, and More

Hitachi’s New System Identifies Based on Face, Attire, Age, Sex, and More

Hitachi has announced a new video surveillance system designed to be able to track individuals based not only on their faces, but what they’re wearing, their age, their sex, and various other factors. The company says the system is able to identify more than a hundred such characteristics, and once it has targeted a particular…

Blippar AR App Adds Facial Recognition

Blippar AR App Adds Facial Recognition

An augmented reality startup called Blippar is aiming to let users identify other people just by pointing their phones at them. Before its latest update, the company’s eponymous app could already identify a number of objects, providing information about them when users’ aimed their smartphone cameras at them – for example, by identifying a famous…

Future Jaguar Cars May Recognize Approaching Drivers

Future Jaguar Cars May Recognize Approaching Drivers

Auto maker Jaguar Land Rover has filed a patent that could do away with car keys. Entitled “Door Access System for a Vehicle”, the patent filing describes an innovative door unlocking system based on biometric identification. A camera installed on the car would be connected to a biometric software system that would be able to…

New York to Test Facial Recognition at Bridge, Tunnel Crossings

New York to Test Facial Recognition at Bridge, Tunnel Crossings

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced new measures to modernize the state’s bridge and tunnel crossings, including biometric identification technology. Security is a major component of the modernization plan, which will see anti-terrorism units paired with traffic enforcement at important crossings, along with a strong State Police and National Guardsmen presence. Meanwhile, cameras will…

FingerSCAN DecedentID Offers Quick Identification of the Deceased

FingerSCAN DecedentID Offers Quick Identification of the Deceased

A new Android-based solution could prove to be a big help to coroners and medical examiners. Called FingerSCAN DecedentID, the system is aimed at offering speedy identification of the deceased. Developed by WoVo Identity Soltuions, it’s based on Integrated Biometrics’ Watson Mini fingerprint scanner, and WoVo says it can be used with commercial off-the-shelf Android…

MorphoTrust Reports Progress in Mobile Driver License Project

MorphoTrust Reports Progress in Mobile Driver License Project

Amid growing excitement over the project, MorphoTrust (Safran) is extending a pilot project testing out its mobile driver license (“mDL”) concept in Iowa. The project was initiated late last summer in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Transportation (DoT). The idea is pretty straightforward: To create digital, smartphone-based driver licenses. They function just like any traditional…

UK Launches Mobile Visa Application Service

UK Launches Mobile Visa Application Service

The British government has launched a new service that will bring visa application services to individuals’ homes. Called On Demand Mobile Visa, the service is run by visa processing company VFS Global. For a fee of £750, On Demand Mobile Visa will bring visa application materials to remote locations, allowing applicants to skip the lineups that…

Green Bit to Provide Biometric Scanners for Jordan eID Project

Green Bit to Provide Biometric Scanners for Jordan eID Project

Biometrics specialist Green Bit has secured a deal to provide the Jordanian government with crucial technology for the country’s electronic ID project. The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT) has ordered an undisclosed number of Green Bit’s MultiScan527 palm- and fingerprint scanners. It’s a scanning device compliant with the FBI’s EBTS Appendix P standard,…

Hungary Launches Biometric eIDs

Hungary Launches Biometric eIDs

The government of Hungary has launched a new electronic identification card for citizens. In addition to the biographic information common to government-issued ID cards, the new eID cards also feature optional biometric fingerprint and electronic signature data. Speaking to the press, Interior Ministry state secretary László Tasnádi called it a “one-stop card” that could “open the…

Indian Officials Aim to Equip Coastal Fishing Workers with Biometric IDs by June

Indian Officials Aim to Equip Coastal Fishing Workers with Biometric IDs by June

Indian officials are working to expedite the issuance of biometric identification cards to fishing workers in the country’s coastal states. Comments were made to that effect at a two-day workshop on fisheries technology, where Ashok Kumar Angurana, the ministerial official in charge of animal husbandry, agriculture, and fishing, decried the slow pace of the rollout…

Intelligence Experts to Use Biometrics in Hunt for Islamic State Figures

Intelligence Experts to Use Biometrics in Hunt for Islamic State Figures

Intelligence experts plan to use biometric technology in their efforts to track down the Islamic State figures featured in a new video from the militant group, according to new reports. A new IS video features a masked man speaking with what sounds like a British accent, as well as an unmasked child accomplice who also…

Facebook Launches Photo Magic Biometric App

Facebook Launches Photo Magic Biometric App

Facebook has launched a new facial recognition feature to its Facebook Messenger app. Called Photo Magic, the system scans through a user’s camera roll to identify pictures featuring the user’s friends, and then prompts the user with the option of sending those photos to the featured friends. It’s designed to capitalize on a major trend…

Future UAE Police Cars Will Scan Pedestrian Faces

Future UAE Police Cars Will Scan Pedestrian Faces

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Interior is working on technology that could allow police cars to automatically scan the faces of pedestrians in search of wanted criminals. The system was demonstrated as a proof of concept at the Gitex Technology Week 2015 event in Dubai last week. It’s currently being tested and refined by…

Brain Activity Patterns Offer Near-Perfect Identification

Brain Activity Patterns Offer Near-Perfect Identification

Individuals’ brain activity patterns are unique enough that they’re almost like fingerprints, according to new research from a team at Yale. The findings of their study were published in the Nature Neuroscience journal. Conducted as part of a bigger research endeavour called the Human Connectome Project, the study looked at the fMRI scans of 126…

News Roundup: Fingerprints, Access Control, Identification

News Roundup: Fingerprints, Access Control, Identification

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought Education Month to a close with a roundup of August’s featured theme. The industry news, meanwhile, was chock full of the usual big fingerprint headlines, upgrades in access control, a slew of national ID stories and intriguing new research reports. Here is a rundown of last week’s top stories…

Biometric Authentication/ID Market to Hit $25.3 Billion by 2020

Biometric Authentication/ID Market to Hit $25.3 Billion by 2020

The global biometric authentication and identification market will undergo considerable growth over the next five years, according to a new report from BIS Research. The market research firm says that the market will grow from a value of $10 billion last year to a little over $25.3 billion in 2020. That reflects an annual growth rate…

Facebook’s Biometrics Can ID Obscured Faces

Facebook’s Biometrics Can ID Obscured Faces

Facebook continues to refine its biometric identification technology even as lawsuits threaten its real-world use. At the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference earlier this month, Facebook officials showcased technology they were developing to identify individuals in photos in which their faces are obscured. Without access to the face biometrics, the system instead focuses on other…

CyLab Honored for Long-Distance Iris Scanner

CyLab Honored for Long-Distance Iris Scanner

Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Biometrics Center has won Gold at the 2015 Edison Awards. The research center won in the field of Applied Technology for its iris-scanning system. CyLab was showing off that system recently, which made news with its ability to authenticate individuals from as far away as 40 feet, and through mirrors. The research…

New Iris Scanning System Can Authenticate At 40 Feet

New Iris Scanning System Can Authenticate At 40 Feet

Researchers at the CyLab Biometrics Center at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an iris recognition system capable of identifying individuals from 40 feet away, according to a Discovery News article by Glenn McDonald. The research team has demonstrated their system in a video depicting its potential application at a traffic stop. The system is actually…

Interview: Tore Etholm-Idsøe, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

Interview: Tore Etholm-Idsøe, CEO, NEXT Biometrics

Interview with Tore Etholm-Idsøe, CEO, NEXT Biometrics Recently, NEXT Biometrics initiated a study from the University Carlos III of Madrid examining the correlation between fingerprint sensor size and accuracy. The results showed a positive correlation between the two factors: a larger sensor increases the quality of fingerprint identification. FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill had a chance…

GTL Launches Voiceprint System for Correctional Facilities

GTL Launches Voiceprint System for Correctional Facilities

Global Tel*Link (GTL), a correctional technology solutions provider, has announced the release of a new voice recognition system. Called Voice IQ, the system is designed for use in correctional facilities and is able to identify inmates on their phone calls. The system is meant to cut down on inmate telephone fraud, and GTL says that…

FLA Police Use Fingerprint Scanner to Catch NC Fugitive

FLA Police Use Fingerprint Scanner to Catch NC Fugitive

Biometric technology has helped police in Clearwater, Florida, to catch a dangerous criminal, reports Tammie Fields for WTSP. Pinellas Sheriff’s deputies used a fingerprint scanner to identify a suspicious person, ultimately leading to his arrest. The suspect in question turned out to be 25-year-old Seaton Shomari, wanted for sexual assault, kidnapping, and robbery charges in North…

Athletic Club Integrates Frictionless Security

Athletic Club Integrates Frictionless Security

A major social and athletic club in Canada has installed FST’s In-Motion Identification (IMID) system to improve security and member convenience. Members of The Granite Club can now enjoy the ease of access of having doors automatically open for them as they approach. FST’s technology identifies individuals using a combination of biometric modalities including motion pattern,…

Bengaluru Police Implement FaceFirst Tech

Bengaluru Police Implement FaceFirst Tech

Police in the Indian city of Bengaluru will soon have a facial recognition video system in place on city streets, according to an article by Merlin Francis in The New Indian Express. The technology will be provided via a partnership between Bengaluru-based Techpod Technologies and the US-based biometrics firm FaceFirst. The plan is to start…

Australia May Expand Police Fingerprinting Powers

Australia May Expand Police Fingerprinting Powers

South Australian Attorney-General, John Rau, is seeking to expand police powers with respect to fingerprint scanning, according to a Herald Sun article by Nigel Hunt. His proposed new legislation will allow police to demand on-the-spot fingerprint scans from citizens, with penalties for refusal including a fine of up to $1250 or a maximum of three…

Nigeria’s INEC Satisfied with New Voting Systems

Nigeria’s INEC Satisfied with New Voting Systems

Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is satisfied with its election trial run, and plans to proceed with its new smart card and biometric voting systems, according to a Premium Times article on allAfrica.com. The trial run came under serious criticism recently after reports of technical glitches, particularly with respect to the biometric voter authentication…

Mobile Biometrics Aid in AirAsia Crash Victim Identification

Mobile Biometrics Aid in AirAsia Crash Victim Identification

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 went missing on December 28, 2014, enroute from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. The fight was found shortly after, having crashed into the waters south of Borneo and killed all 162 passengers. In the effort to identify the fallen victims of this latest major airline disaster, Indonesia’s Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (INAFIS) has…